John Moller


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Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 7:12 pm
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John Moller, 73, passed away on Feb. 13, 2013, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Although John was a strong, active man his whole life, and rumors that he was "bullet-proof" were in fact true, it was cancer that finally did him in.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service honoring John that will be held at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. In lieu of visitation, a Celebration of Life gathering will be held following the service at the Rock Island Elk Lodge, 2117 4th Ave., Rock Island, from noon to 5 p.m.
John was born in Rock Island on May 20, 1939, the son of Kathryn and Henry Moller. He went to Rocky High School and in 1957 joined the U.S. Navy, traveling the South Pacific aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer, serving three years.
After the Navy, John worked as a house painter in his early years and then he worked at John Deere Harvester in various positions, ending as a supervisor. He left Deere in 1980 and bought a business called Cases and Kegs in the Village of East Davenport, which he ran for a number of years. At the same time, John also was fixing up houses to rent, which he continued to this day.
John was a life-long fisherman and boater. His love of boating included everything from kayaking and canoeing to a sailboat, houseboat, cruiser and, of course, a variety of fishing boats, one of his favorites being "The Jed" (as in Jed Clampett), which was as old as he was. Another passion of John's was skiing, which he continued to do throughout last year. He loved to ski the Rocky Mountains, especially "the trees," but sometimes the trees won. He served as president for a while in the heyday of Sitzmachers Ski Club when it boasted a membership of nearly 800 skiers. John loved gardening and enjoyed canning homemade salsa. He was an excellent cook, specializing in pies, which were a work of art. John loved to play euchre his whole life and played in euchre tournaments several times a week in his retirement years.
John was a generous man and devoted to his friends. He truly would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it, or he would help you with any project.
John is survived by his companion of the last 18 years, Susie Goodley; his daughter, Angie Moller, Sarasota, Fla.; his sister, Barbara Johnson (and Guy), Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary; and his parents.
In lieu of flowers, and to reflect his love of the river, memorial donations can be made to Living Lands and Waters or your favorite charity.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.














 



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